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#1 raghukr

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Posted 02 April 2005 - 06:28 AM

To improve performance of XP do this:

Right click my computer, properties, Advanced, Performance and select "Adjust for best performance". Click OK.

Remember, this will remove some visual effects. If you want that XP style UI (the round buttons and blue taskbar), Keep "Use Visual Styles on windows and buttons" Cheked in the visual effects list.

#2 karlo

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 01:44 AM

To improve performance of XP do this:

Right click my computer, properties, Advanced, Performance and select "Adjust for best performance". Click OK.

Remember, this will remove some visual effects. If you want that XP style UI (the round buttons and blue taskbar), Keep "Use Visual Styles on windows and buttons" Cheked in the visual effects list.

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Or, just ajust your virtual memory size. Change the Minimum value and maximum value to at least 500 MB.

#3 Antnydude47

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 04:33 AM

good suggestion....i personally would rather see the nice clean XP style ....thats why i hate windows millenium and lower

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 04:45 AM

ahaha...they use that as a swap drive.

I have a minimum set to 2024....And 4096 as my max :P

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 11:32 AM

You can also defrag the hard disk to try to free up a bit of wasted space. this can also help with the performance(not always)

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 01:50 AM

You can also defrag the hard disk to try to free up a bit of wasted space. this can also help with the performance(not always)

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Defragging you hard drive does not "free up wasted space". All it does is arrange the file clusters neatly (placing all the clusters for the same file together). It improve performance of the hard drive by saving the hard drive from going all over the drive plates to find all the clusters (parts) of a file.

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 05:24 PM

Antoher good options, is to avoid loading of applications at startup that u don't use.

Loading these applications will make windows boot time longer. And also performance will be less.

So use the System Configuration Utility (msconfig) to avoi those applications.

Just go Start -> Run -> msconfig

And go to the last tab Start

Each line is a programa that loads when you start windows
Remove each one you know you don't use

But be carefull, some fot hese are needed by windws as drivers, or for some apps to work properly. :)

If u have doubts on which ones to remove, take a look at the name of the app on google.
MMany pages provide the information about the application, and if it needs to be running. :P

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:42 AM

One thing I've done to increase performance is to stop the services I don't need. This will free up a little bit of memory for more important things

Go to run from your start menu and type services.msc. There are a few services that windows runs that don't need to be going. I would check on each one before you disable it though. If you stop the wrong one windows will die. The easiest way to check them is to search on google.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:16 AM

The best way to improve windows performance is to fomrat the drive and install something else...but I digress...

Keep your themes and whatnot simple, turn off anything that makes windows less ugly, dont fill your HD to the breaking point, run spyware/adware/virus removal tools regularly, do the msconfig thang to kill useless programs from starting up

Basically anything to keep your ram clean, your system running as it was meant to, etc will boost performance. Don't install **** 24/7 off websites you've never heard of, and don't **** with your registry unless you know what you are doing.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:12 PM

wow great tips friends..! Iam having system with very less Ram of 256mb,Anywway to optimise for that? Then please let me know friends!

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 03:00 PM

Casanova, all the earlier suggestions mentioned above are good for optimizing the performance. My suggestion is to get another 256mb or maybe even 512mb of ram if you have Windows XP. You should see some slight improvement especially when opening more programs.

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 08:23 AM

One thing I've done to increase performance is to stop the services I don't need. This will free up a little bit of memory for more important things

Go to run from your start menu and type services.msc. There are a few services that windows runs that don't need to be going. I would check on each one before you disable it though. If you stop the wrong one windows will die. The easiest way to check them is to search on google.


heh... here's the link:

http://www.astahost....960

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 09:42 AM

Very fast boot (regedit):
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
And change the DWORD "EnablePrefetcher" to 5

Save memory by unload unused DLL's (regedit):
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
\Explorer\AlwaysUnloadDLL
or make the key "AlwaysUnloadDLL" (!!! Case sensitive).
Change the valeu "default" to 1 .

Optimize Second Level Data cach (regedit)
Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
Open te "SecondLevelDataCache" DWORD, choose 'decimaal' (dunno what it's supposed to be in the english version, just don't choose hexadec.).
Now you can fill in the amount of L2 cache your CPU has (you can chech this w/ CPU-z, WCPUid, ...).
But, be aware, if you set a too large amount, you can screw your windows, don't tell me I didn't warn you.

Disable Indexing (explorer)
Right click on a drive (c: by example), go to properties and untick the option "index this drive ..." on the bottom.
This will prevent windows from indexing all files on you computer so you could search faster, but most people probably use the search so less that it's useless. (ow, and ignore errors when it complains).

Remove unused fonts (control panel)
Just remove them, they use space and resources.

#14 TotalLamer

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:41 PM

Another easy way to save on system resources is to open up Quick Launch (right click the bar at the bottom of the screen (the one that's blue by default) and hover over toolbars and then click "Quick Launch". Drag all your essential icons into it, then right click an empty space on your desktop and hover over "Arrange Icons by" and then click "Show Desktop Icons". Now you compy won't waste time drawing your icons and all your essential program shortcuts are in one easy place. And, as a side bonus, your neato-keen desktop wallpaper isn't obstructed!

#15 the empty calorie

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:56 PM

I must say, the idea of wiping the hard disk and installing something else sure would help more than any of those...

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 03:33 PM

You can also defrag the hard disk to try to free up a bit of wasted space. this can also help with the performance(not always)

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Defragmenting Takes almost all day for my computer because I add about 20 icons then move them per day and the computer just adds shortcuts and stuff and defragmenting changes where the file really is... I think thats what it does, I'm pretty sure



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